Seabrook ammonia spill an ‘unusual event’
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) -- An ammonium hydroxide spill of less than a gallon in a stockroom at New Hampshire’s Seabrook power plant has required the plant to declare an "unusual event," the lowest of four emergency categories.
Plant spokesman Al Griffith says the spill happened about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday inside the administration building. He says there are no injuries and no danger to the public. The emergency was over in the early evening.
It’s not clear how the spill happened. Cleaning materials are kept in the stockroom.
The building is in a protected area.
Plant operations have not been affected.
Irene grants forthcoming for Vt. towns, homes
MONTPELIER (AP) -- Some federal funds are due out this summer for Vermont towns hurt by Tropical Storm Irene.
Ray Doherty of Vermont Emergency Management tells Vermont Public Radio the funding will be delivered first to towns, and then to homeowners.
He said the funds are coming in two batches. The first is expected to be approved at the end of June, with money coming in July. The second round is anticipated to be approved by the end of the summer with funds arriving in mid-September.
Many families whose homes were destroyed by Irene are waiting for federal grants that would pay 75 percent of the home’s value before the disaster. The grants would also pay 75 percent
R.I. man gets probation in mislabeling Vt. syrup
BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Rhode Island man who pleaded guilty in Vermont to selling mislabeled maple syrup has been sentenced to two years of probation.
Bernard Coleman was sentenced Tuesday. He must also pay several hundred dollars in fines, according to reports.
The 50-year-old Coleman pleaded guilty in February to selling a maple-flavored cane sugar syrup that he made in his West Warwick home after the price of real syrup increased.
A couple who bought about $220 worth of syrup from him doubted that it was authentic and had it tested by the state Department of Agriculture Consumer Protection.
Vt. police: 3 injured in pipe bomb explosion
FAIRFIELD (AP) -- Vermont state police say three juveniles have been injured in a pipe bomb explosion in Fairfield.
Police say they responded to a home on Madden Road after someone there called 911 and then hung up on Wednesday afternoon.
The first trooper who arrived spotted blood on the exterior steps but found no one at home.
Troopers say they learned that three juveniles had gone to the hospital after a pipe bomb they were building exploded. One of them had to be transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for further treatment.
N.H. man arrested for Price Chopper robbery
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire man has been arrested in connection with a robbery of a grocery store in Keene, N.H., in April.
Police say 34-year-old William Lee Jr. was arrested Tuesday night and charged with the robbery at the Price Chopper on April 6. He was found at his mother’s home in Winchester.
Police said a store clerk was robbed at gunpoint at the supermarket. No one was hurt.
Three people were arrested earlier this month in connection with another armed robbery at the Price Chopper. That happened on May 23.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Republican Frank Guinta is officially running for a second term in the 1st Congressional District.
Guinta says he filed reelection papers with the secretary of state’s office on Wednesday.
Guinta opened a campaign office in Manchester on Monday.
The former mayor of Manchester defeated Democrat incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in 2010.
Vt. National Guard head to address F-35 proposal
COLCHESTER (AP) -- The head of the Vermont National Guard says fears about too much noise regarding a proposal to base new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport have led to misinformation and hyperbole.
Michael Dubie plans to hold a news conference Thursday to address what he calls inaccuracies about the proposal, according to reports.
An Air Force study found that the sound of F-35s taking off from the airport would be substantially louder than the F-16s the Air Guard now flies.
Until now, Dubie and the Vermont National Guard largely have remained silent about the proposal.
Dubie will be moving to Colorado to be deputy commander of the United States Northern Command.
Mass. boy mauled by neighbor’s pit bulls
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A 9-year-old Pittsfield boy suffered wounds to his head, arms and face and part of his scalp was torn off in an attack by his neighbor’s pit bull dogs.
Jessyca Petell says she and her son, Perrin, were walking into their multi-family home at 9:30 p.m. Monday when they encountered another resident’s three dogs in a common area.
She said the dogs dragged her son down the steps in a "violent, relentless and ruthless" attack.
Police say two dogs were involved, but the Petells say all three participated.
The boy received 35 teeth and nail puncture wounds, and a 3 inch-by-3 inch section of his scalp was torn off.
The dogs are quarantined during the police investigation. Their owners, who could not be reached for comment, could be fined.